CLEARWATER, Fla. – Anubis, the 5-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback who was shot during a burglary, was recuperating Tuesday at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Clearwater after a successful surgery to remove a bullet from his neck.
The operation was performed by Dr. Andrea Smith, a board-certified veterinary surgeon, and took about 45 minutes.
“Anubis did very well during the procedure,” said Smith. “His chances for a full recovery seem promising at this point.”
Anubis will spend the night at BluePearl in Clearwater. If he continues to do well, he will be discharged to his owner, Chip Watson, on Wednesday. The bullet fragment will be turned over to St. Petersburg police, who are investigating the burglary at Watson’s south St.
Frankie’s Friends pet charity has stepped in to raise money for Anubis’ care, which is estimated to cost about $10,000. Frankie’s Friends is a national non-profit organization that raises money to provide lifesaving medical care for pets. Those interested in donating are encouraged to click here.
Watson had the opportunity to visit Anubis after his surgery and said he’s relieved to see his dog doing so well.
“Yesterday, I spent the day in shock and hysteria,” he said. “This morning, I was angry. Now I’m just glad that my dog is okay. It could have been much worse.”